The Premier Leadership Program for Agribusiness Professionals

Purpose of TAL

The Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders Program is an intensive leadership development program designed to teach members of Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association about the state and federal legislative and regulatory process and how to be a better leader within the industry.

The Goals of TAL

The TAL program is designed to improve the leadership skills of Kansas agribusiness men and women and accomplishes that goal through five primary objectives:

  • To increase member understanding of the programs, services and representation provided by KGFA
  • To increase member understanding of the state and federal legislative process
  • To increase member understanding of the state and federal agencies that oversee the agribusiness industry in Kansas

  • To improve member leadership and communication skills through professional development sessions
  • To prepare members for possible public service through involvement in political campaigns and holding of public office

Key Benefits of the Program

Lawmakers listen to advocacy organizations like KGFA, but they really enjoy hearing from constituents who hold the power to keep them in office. Our TAL program provides Kansas Grain and Feed Association members the opportunity to learn exactly how to contact their legislator, the steps necessary to pass a law through federal and state government and how to have a meaningful conversation with elected officials on bills impacting our industry.

The TAL Program was an outstanding experience to learn, network and grow with some of the best agribusiness leaders Kansas has to offer. The experiences and friendships made in the program are tremendous and will last a lifetime.

Ryan Jones | Offerle Coop

Taylor Martin | Team Marketing Alliance

Going through the TAL program was a great and eye-opening experience for me. It was exciting to see the legislative process in action and how we, as an industry, can have a say in this process for the betterment of agriculture.

2021 Program Schedule

Canceled in 2021

Session I

An introduction to the legislative and regulatory arena in Kansas with legislative leaders and Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Topeka, KS

July 18 – 22, 2021

Session II

Personal visits with Kansas Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill; visit National Agribusiness Associations/Organizations headquarters; visit historical sites.

Washington, D.C.

August 27, 2021

Session III

Developing an informed and confident agribusiness leader; business leadership development and political activities.

Wichita, KS

November 18, 2021

Graduation

Recognition ceremony during the keynote breakfast at the Kansas Agri Business Expo – the largest indoor agribusiness tradeshow in the midwest.

Wichita, KS

SPONSORS

Founder
ADM
AgMark LLC
Beachner Grain Inc.
Cargill Incorporated
CHS Inc.
Kansas Corn Commission
Kansas Grain Inspection Service
ProValue Insurance
WindRiver Grain LLC

Patron
D.E. Bondurant Grain Company, Inc.
Team Marketing Alliance

Builder
Central States Fumigation & Services LLC
Cline Wood, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company
CoMark Equity Alliance
Cornerstone Ag LLC
Frisbie Construction Company Inc.
Pride Ag Resources
The Ottawa Cooperative Association

WHY IT MATTERS

The Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders program was created in 1998 to provide Kansas Grain and Feed Association members an intensive leadership development course centered around the state and federal legislative and regulatory process and how to be a better leader within the industry. Each year, TAL sponsors graciously save class members and companies $1,500 per person in out of pocket expenses.

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES

“The TAL class has brought about a whole new interest in me to be a voice: a voice for Ag, a voice for my peers, a voice for my kids, and a voice for me. It has made me realize that one person may be able to make a difference if they are willing to start a conversation and put themselves out there.”

— Lucas Hamm | Class of 2018

Apply for this Year’s Class

We are not accepting applications for the program in 2021. Due to COVID-19, the previous year’s class will be required to finish its final two sessions in 2021. Please check back for information on applying for the class of 2022.

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